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4 stars As far as I am concerned, their debut album was an almost complete mess. So, basically, things could only improve. I hope.

When you listen to the opening number "Tarot Woman", this is effectively way better. Fully "Purple" oriented ("Hard Lovin Man" type of riff). It is hard-rocking alright and features some great work from Ritchie. This is what I can call a great song. The typical "Purple" structure : great beat, nice melody, fantastic soli. A great opener.

"Run With The Wolf" is almost a clone of "Sail Away" (on the "Burn" album). A good slow tempo hard-rock song; almost heavy. The good surprise (compared to their debut album) goes on with two upbeat numbers. "Starstruck" and "Do You Close Your Eyes" are strong hard-rocking numbers. Catchy chorus, shortly formatted and very dynamic.

The relation with "Mistreated" and "Kashmir" is obvious when you'll get to "Stargazer". It is another highlight of this album.Incredible and hypnotic riff and superb work from the master. Dio also performs very well. But this is also true for the album as a whole : he's doing a far better job than on their previous album. "Stargazer" is really a hard-rock / heavy classics. And the Oriental influence during the second part of the song adds an interesting flavour to this great song.

The closing number also has some "In Rock" relation. The extremely fast beat can be related not to prog but to "Flight Of The Rat" (one of my Purple fave). Great and powerful keys, you know like ...Somewhat reminiscent of the "Highway Star" solo. Fantastic. I even wonder if this is not my fave from the album !

IMHHO, this is an extremely good hard-rock album. On par with their great brother (I guess that you know whom I am writing about). Still, this relation is too strong and there is a feeling of "déjà vu" as I have outlined in this review. But on the other hand, this is also the reason why I like this album so much.

This is definitely the "Rainbow" album you need, should you need only one.

Four stars but to discover the prog side of the band, I guess that we'll have to wait for later releases.

ZowieZiggy | 4/5 |


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